Rolling Stone Keith Richards is to undergo surgery after suffering a brain haemorrhage when he fell out of a palm tree, it was reported today.
Richards, 62, was believed initially to have suffered only mild concussion in the accident in Fiji last Thursday.
But he continued to suffer headaches after his discharge from hospital and doctors have now diagnosed bleeding in the brain, according to The Sun.
He will require an operation to drill a hole in his skull in order to drain the blood.
“Keith’s accident has turned out worse than everybody feared,” a close friend told the newspaper.
“After the tests doctors decided they should drain his skull. It has given him a scare but he has been told that he should make a full recovery once it’s done.”
Guitarist Richards is believed to have fallen out of a coconut tree at the exclusive Wakaya Club resort in Fiji.
He was treated in a Fiji hospital before being airlifted to a hospital in Auckland, New Zealand for observation.
Doctors have since discharged him but it is not known where he went after his release.
It remains unclear whether Richards’ injury will have any effect on the Rolling Stones’ A Bigger Bang world tour, due to resume in late May at the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona, followed by 34 more dates across Europe.
Richards and wife Patti Hansen flew to Fiji for a holiday after playing two concerts in New Zealand over Easter.